The Hope of Glory

The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Colossians 1:26-27

Reaching for glory is the yearning of many. In the earthly world, those engaged in the arts or sports struggle vehemently to achieve glory or stardom. The artists of the music have put their hope in being awarded with a Grammy; film artists dream of the Oscar; the athletes with a gold medal or that their team wins the championship. Christians have the hope of glory that Christ is in us.

To bring a little more light to what Colossians 1:26-27 says, let us see what Romans 8:9-11 tells us, But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Both the letter to the Romans and the letter to the Colossians were written by Paul addressed to Gentile audiences, that is, to peoples outside Israel. We see in both biblical texts the use of Paul’s pronouns: Christ in you, the hope of glory. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. In both uses the pronoun you, in which, he himself is not including.

Does it mean then that the Jews are excluded from this hope of glory? Let us not lose sight of what the whole of Scripture says. In John 4:22 he stated something very clear, You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. And we see that again the same Lord uses the pronoun you, speaking, like Paul, to a Gentile audience. The problem is not whether or not the Jews are excluded from the hope of glory, it is we, the Gentiles, who, without Christ, are excluded.

Fortunately, God is inclusive and has opened the doors for us to have all human beings the opportunity to be part of His family. Our Lord Jesus Christ will soon return with glory and He wants to share it with those who have believed in Him. John 17:22 says, And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one. With Christ in us, we are partakers of His glory.

As we wait for His coming, we can go through difficult times; but the best thing for us is to come. Romans 8:18-19 says, For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. And 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. Christ in us is the hope of sharing in His glory. God bless you.

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